Auch: a police officer accused of beating a man in a sobering cell

A man aged around fifty claims to have been violently beaten by a police officer, in 2022, when he was in a sobering up cell in Auch.

Auch: a police officer accused of beating a man in a sobering cell

A man aged around fifty claims to have been violently beaten by a police officer, in 2022, when he was in a sobering up cell in Auch. Despite an explicit video, the case is still at the preliminary investigation stage.

A man filed a complaint in August 2022 after being violently beaten by a police officer while he was in a sobering up cell in Auch (Gers), according to information from La Dépêche. The man aged around fifty was arrested in a drunken state on August 28, 2022 and placed in a sobering-up cell at the Auch police station. In the middle of the night, a police officer entered his cell where a second individual was located, according to video surveillance images. The policeman hit him violently for almost 30 seconds. The victim tries to struggle before curling up on the ground.

“He unleashed himself on my client who was still stunned by the effects of alcohol and totally vulnerable. All this under the eyes of another police officer who obviously did not try to restrain him,” laments Me Sandra Vazquez with Le Figaro. The doctor he consults upon leaving the police station gives him a ten-day total incapacity for work (ITT). He suffers from post-traumatic stress, has spent several stays in psychiatric hospitals and currently has no profession.

Upon leaving police custody, the victim filed a complaint. Almost two years later, the investigation is still in its preliminary stages. “We have two witnesses to the scene, we have a video, I sincerely think that this is a case that could be closed,” said his lawyer to BFMTV. According to her, the police officer “must be punished commensurate with the actions committed”. "In the same way that violence against the police is an aggravating circumstance, let us not forget that violence committed by the police in the exercise of their duties is also an aggravating circumstance. ", she recalls. The accused was removed from management, according to the newspaper.

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